SACRAMENTO — The big Placerville Gun Show is coming to the El Dorado County Fairgrounds on Saturday, with set up beginning at 8:13 a.m. and opening at 9 a.m. The way things are going, best to still visit one while they’re around!
Tuesday is the last day to get your application in for wild pig hunts at Tejon Ranch on Feb. 22-24. You can apply on-line, and the application cost is $10.
Western Outdoor News welcomes calendar items pertaining to hunting, fishing and upcoming events. Send them to P.O. Box 1536, Placerville, CA 95667 or to e-mail address firstname.lastname@example.org. Hunter Education Training classes are conducted on a monthly basis. Go online to www.dfg.ca.gov/huntered/index.aspx for a complete, statewide listing of hunter safety course contacts. Courses are now available online — check the web site address above.
Feb., Weekends: GRAY LODGE TOURS: Guided Wetland Tours of Gray Lodge Wildlife Area, 12:30 to 2 p.m. at 3207 Rutherford Rd, Gridley (95948). On the Pacific Flyway at the base of the Sutter Buttes, Gray Lodge WA is one of the premier birding spots in northern California. Local experts lead a 0.3-mile stroll on a paved trail. Tours are included in the $4 entrance fee and self-guided visitors are also welcome. Tours are cancelled in heavy rain. Contact the Gray Lodge WA Naturalist Office at (530) 846-7505 or email@example.com, and visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/lands/wa/region2/graylodge/index.html.
Feb.: SANDHILL CRANE TOURS: Sandhill Crane Wetland Tours, the first three weekends of each fall/winter month through February at Woodbridge Ecological Reserve near Lodi. The docent-led tours start approximately 90 minutes before sundown and run to about 30 minutes after sunset. Pre-tour registration is required online at www.wildlife.ca.gov/delta/cranetour. $10 per adult. Visit the website or call (209) 948-7708.
Fri., Feb. 1: FISHERIES GRANT PROPOSALS: The Fisheries Restoration Grant Program's 2013 Proposal Solicitation Notice (PSN) will be available at www.dfg.ca.gov/fish/Administration/Grants/FRGP/Solicitation.asp. Proposals will be accepted between Feb. 1 and March 15, 2013. Information about 2013 PSN workshops will also be posted on this site. All applicants are encouraged to attend a workshop, as there have been changes to the 2013 PSN. For specific proposal questions, contact information is located in Appendix D of the 2013 PSN. For general questions please contact Patty Forbes at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sat., Feb. 2: PLACERVILLE GUN SHOW: The Placerville Gun Show at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.. Morning set up at 8:15 a.m.
Tues., Feb. 5: TEJON PIG HUNT DEADLINE: Deadline to apply for permit-only wild pig hunts, Feb. 22-24 at Tejon Ranch. Hunters with a valid California hunting license may apply through the Automated License Data System. A $10 non-refundable application fee will be charged for each hunt choice. To apply for these hunt permits please see www.dfg.ca.gov/licensing/ols/. Step-by-step instructions are at www.dfg.ca.gov/wildlife/hunting/share/.
Tues., Feb. 5: NON LEAD SHOT DEMO: The Institute for Wildlife Studies will be holding a shooting demonstration comparing lead and non-lead rifle ammunition for the Lead Committee of the California Fish and Game Commission and the general public. The event will be held at the Sacramento Valley Shooting Center, located at 15501 Meiss Road, Sloughhouse, CA, from 8:45 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Tuesday, February 5, 2013. For more information go to huntingwithnonlead.org.
Weds., Thurs., Feb. 6-7: F& G COMMISSION MEETING: Fish and Game Commission meeting in the Natural Resources Agency Building Auditorium, 1416 Ninth Street, Sacramento (95814). Please visit www.fgc.ca.gov for more information. View or listen to California Fish and Game Commission meetings live via Internet webcasting.
Thurs., Feb. 7: YOLO BYPASS LECTURE: Flyway Nights Lecture Series, 7 p.m. at the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area headquarters. Topics are generally wetland-related and feature local issues relating to wetlands and/or avian species, ethnobotany, fish passage or local history. A $5 donation per person or $10 per family is suggested. For more information please go to www.yolobasin.org.
Fri., Feb. 8: GUN OWNERS BANQUET: Gun Owners of California El Dorado County Guns & Roses Banquet held at Girard Vineyards, Cold Springs Road, Placerville. An elegant evening, fine food, raffles & more, starts at 5:30 PM.
Feb. 8: REDDING DUCKS UMLIMITED DINNER: The Redding Chapter of Duck Unlimited dinner is coming up at Win-River Casino, 21 Rancheria Rd., Redding, with door opening at 5 a.m. and dinner at 7. Contact Ray Ramos at (530) 549-5492 or Ron White at (530) 241-7325 for tickets or info.
Fri., Feb. 8: DUCKS UNLIMITED MORGAN HILL DINNER: Morgan HJills Ducks Unlimited Banquet at the Morgan Hill Community Center, 17000 Monterey Road @ Dunne Ave., Morgan Hill, 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Contact Larry Lundberg at (408) 295-5286.
Sat., Feb. 9: LAKE SONOMA STEELHEAD FESTIVAL: Sonoma County's Steelhead Festival, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Lake Sonoma Visitor Center / Don Clausen Fish Hatchery at Warm Springs Dam, 3288 Skaggs Springs Road, Geyserville (95541). A fun-filled family educational experience. See hatchery staff sorting returning Russian River steelhead trout (with up-close viewing at CDFW’s mobile fish exhibit), live coho salmon and a demonstration stream restoration project. Call (707) 431-4533.
Sat. Feb. 9: DUCKS UNLIMITED SACRAMENTO DINNER: Sacramento 7th Annual Crab Feed at the Scottish Rite Temple, Sacramento, opens at 5 p.m. until 10 p.m. Contact Colby Craig at (916) 205-3987.
Thurs., Feb. 14: SF BAY SAFETY MEETING: San Francisco Bay Harbor Safety Committee meeting, 10 a.m. to noon at the Port of San Francisco, Pier 1 Conference Center, The Embarcadero, San Francisco (94111). Information at www.sfmx.org/support/hsc or call Jeff Cowan at (916) 324-6450.
Thurs., Feb. 14-15: PARDEE LAKE RECREATION: The lake and area opens for camping Thursday and opens for fishing Friday. Reservations taken after Feb.4, Information (209.) 72.1472.
Fri., Feb. 15: CAL WATERFOWL'S TRI VALLEY DINNER: Cal Waterfowl's Tri Valley Prawn & Steak Feed to be held at Aahmes Shrine Event Center, 170 Lindbergh Avenue, Livermore, CA. Cocktails 5 p.m. and Dinner at 7:15 p.m.. Contact Jerry Russell at (925) 447-3730 or Rick and Georgia Guaydacan at (925) 449-4547.
Sat.-Weds., Feb. 16-20: LATE GOOSE SEASON OPENS: Balance of State Zone Late Season Goose Season for white-fronted geese and white geese EXCEPT in the Sacramento Valley Special Management Area where the white-fronted goose season is closed. During the late season, hunting is not permitted on wildlife areas listed in Sections 550-552 EXCEPT on Type C wildlife areas in the CDFW North Central Region. Please see the complete waterfowl regulations at www.fgc.ca.gov/regulations/current/waterfowlregs.aspx.
Sat., Feb. 16: BIGHORN ART EXHIBIT: “500 and Rising-Celebrating Sierra Bighorn” art exhibit opens at the Mountain Light Gallery, 106 South Main St # 203, Bishop (93514). The exhibit commemorates the growth of the endangered Sierra bighorn population to 500 animals and completion of the first Highway 395 bighorn Migrating Mural by artist Jane Kim. The exhibit, featuring bighorn-themed art will educate the public on bighorn habitat, forage and their relationship to human culture. For more information please contact the Mountain Light Gallery at (760) 873-7700.
Sat., Feb. 16: CAL WATERFOWL'S DAVIS DINNER: Cal Waterfowl's Davis Duck Days Dinner to be held at Davis Senior Center - Multipurpose Room, 646 A Street, Davis, CA. Cocktails at 6 p.m. and Dinner at 7:30 p.m. Contact Tom Homen at (209) 606-7257.
Sat., Feb. 16: CDA NORTH VALLEY CHAPTER DINNER: California Deer Association North Valley (Colusa) Chapter fundraiser at Colusa County Fairgrounds, 1303 10th St. (Hwy 20), Colusa, Ca. 95932. Dinner by Silver Sage Catering. Contact Tyler Edwards (530) 517-1941 or Pat Callahan (530) 517-2291. Or go to www.caldeer.com/banquets.htm.
Wed., Feb. 20: LOBSTER COMMITTEE MEETING: Spiny Lobster Advisory Committee meeting, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Department of Fish and Wildlife office, 4665 Lampson Ave., Suite C, Los Alamitos (90720), in the Ed Myers Classroom on the first floor. Open to the general public for observation and a brief comment period. Information www.dfg.ca.gov/marine/lobsterfmp/involved.asp.
Thurs.-Fri., Feb. 21-23: CHOPPER DERBY ON SMITH: Rowdy Creek Fish Hatchery Chopper Derby fundraiser for the hatchery, go to www.rowdycreek.com/derby/ or call Billie Kaye Gavin-Tygart, Fishing Derby Coordinator, at (707) 954-2260 to sign up or for more information.
Fri., Feb. 22: CDA WOODLAND CHAPTER DINNER: California Deer Association Woodland Chapter fundraiser at Yolo County Fairgrounds, 1125 East Street, Woodland, Ca. 95776. Contact Kevin Bottimore, (530) 908-0716, email@example.com. Or go to www.caldeer.com/banquets.htm.
Friday, Feb. 22: CRPA ONTARIO BANQUET: The California Rifle and Pistol Association "Friends of CRPA" Banquet at 6:30 p.m. at the Double Tree Hotel in Ontario. Go to www.crpa.net/calendar.php for details.
Sat., Feb. 23: NORTH COAST GOOSE SEASON OPENS: North Coast Special Management Area for small Canada geese only from the fourth Saturday in February for a period of 16 days (Feb 23 – Mar 10). During the late season, hunting is not permitted on wildlife areas listed in Sections 550 – 552. Please see the complete waterfowl regulations at www.fgc.ca.gov/regulations/current/waterfowlregs.aspx.
Sat., Feb. 23: DUCK DAYS AT YOLO: Annual NorCal Wetlands Festival Duck Days at Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.. Family oriented event with 13 field trips plus CWA duck calling seminars, duck drawing activities and more...fun for the whole family. Kids under 16 free! Pre-register www.yolobasin.org
Sat., Feb. 23: CRPA AWARDS GALA: The California Rifle and Pistol Association Awards Gala at 6:30 p.m. at the Double Tree Hotel in Ontario. Go to www.crpa.net/calendar.php for details.
Sat., Feb. 23: CAL WATERFOWL'S YUBA-SUTTER BANQUET: Yuba-Sutter Banquet to be held at Veteran's Memorial Building, 1425 Veteran's Memorial Circle, Yuba City, CA. No Host Bar 5 p.m. and Dinner at 6:30 p.m. Contact Rik Jimerson at (530) 674-9300 or Darren Solaro at (916) 275-5143.
Thurs., Feb. 28: WILDLIFE CONSERVATION MEETING: Wildlife Conservation Board meeting, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the State Capitol, Room 112, Sacramento (95814). Room is subject to change. Please check the WCB website at www.wcb.ca.gov for updates and agenda.
Feb. 28: SALMON INFO MEETING: Annual Salmon Information meeting, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Sonoma County Water Agency, 404 Aviation Blvd., Santa Rosa. The public is invited to attend CDFW’s annual meeting on the status of California salmon populations and the outlook for 2013 ocean salmon fisheries. For more information contact James Phillips, Environmental Scientist, at (707) 576-2375 or e-mail James.Phillips@wildlife.ca.gov.
Thurs., Feb. 28: CAL WATERFOWL'S EL DORADO BANQUET: Cal Waterfowl's El Dorado County Banquet to be held at Cameron Park Community Center, 2502 Country Club Drive, Cameron Park, CA. Cocktails 6 p.m. and Dinner at 7:30 p.m. Contact Tom Homen at (209) 606-7257.
Thurs., Feb. 28: DUCKS UNLIMITED DANVILLE DINNER: Ducks Unlimited Diamond Event at Blackhawk, Blackhawk Auto Museum, Danville, at 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. John Faires at (510) 331–8971 or Frank Leonardi at (916) 984-3073.
Thurs., Feb. 28: CAL WATERFOWL'S HOLLISTER BANQUET: Cal Waterfowl's Hollister Banquet to be held at Elks Lodge #1436, 351 Astro Drive, Hollister, CA. Cocktails 6 p.m. and Dinner at 7:30 p.m. Contact Ron Rodrigues at (831) 637-4341 or Roger Miller at (831) 636-9686.
Sat., Feb. 28: CAL WATERFOWL'S OAKDALE BANQUET: Cal Waterfowl's Oakdale Banquet to be held at F.E.S Hall, 140 Lee Street, Oakdale, CA. Cocktails at 5:00 p.m. and Dinner at 7:00 p.m. Contact Paul Eche at 650) 224-5337 or Steve Medlen at (209) 847-5991 or Mike Bacigalupi at (209) 847-2985.